Francis Sardauna in Katsina
The Katsina State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) yesterday said it has apprehended one Mrs. Asia Rita, suspected to be a human trafficker, and rescued seven victims in Jibia Local Government Area (LGA) of the State.
Jibia is a border town between Nigeria and Niger Republic where smuggling and other heinous crimes are carried out by both Nigerians and foreigners.
Briefing journalists on the activities of the agency, the state Comptroller of the service, Ajisafe Joshua Olusola, said the suspect was nabbed by his officers attached to Jibia Magama control post.
According to the comptroller, “the victims are aged between 44 and 11 years and are all Nigerian citizens. Three out of them are from Oyo State, two from Lagos State, one from Bayelsa State and one from Ogun State.
“It may be pertinent to also note that, the rescued victims are not all from the same state but obtained their travelling documents at the same Ibadan, Oyo State”.
He reaffirmed that five of the suspected victims obtained their travel documents on July 25, 2018, while the remaining two obtained theirs on July 27, 2018.
Olusola further disclosed that the suspect and the victims would be handed over to the service headquarters in Abuja for further interrogation.
He said: “Mohammed Kabir, Nigerian, will be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation and necessary actions”.
The state NIS boss, however, applauded the Comptroller General of the Service, Alhaji Muhammad Babande, for providing his officers with working tools for effective border patrol.